The Villager newspaper to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Villager newspaper will receive a Fire
Safety Partner Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a
ceremony on June 28, 2007 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize
outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    For the last eight months, The Villager has published articles about fire
safety, Russell Fire Department initiatives and photos of local firefighters.
Originally, this regular feature was initiated to generate advertising
revenue. However, when the sponsoring advertiser withdrew, The Villager
continued to print the ad in its weekly issues, free of charge and
    "Without hesitation The Villager has printed the feature for free on a
weekly basis," said Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "Through this partnership,
The Villager has demonstrated they understand how important public fire safety
education is in the community."

    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 21 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter and Fire
Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the Fairmont
Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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